Reduced Course Load (RCL)
In certain situations, an F-1 or J-1 student may apply to take fewer than the required credit hours in a specific academic term. The approved reasons for requesting a reduced course load are limited and based on US regulations. These reasons include academic difficulties, a documented medical condition, or additional enrollment at another school. Likewise, degree-seeking students who are completing their degree requirements in a specified semester can enroll for as many or as few units as needed to graduate with prior authorization. Your reduced course load authorization must be in place prior to registering for fewer than the required credit hours. Please use the Reduced Course Load Authorization Form to apply.